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- n. Plural form of kleptoparasite.
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And then you have another type of bee, which we call kleptoparasites, which is a very fancy way of saying, bad-minded, murdering -- what's the word I'm looking for?
They are "kleptoparasites" which means that they attack other birds for food, stealing it for themselves, often in spectacular aerial combat, and they also often assume a "sunning" posture whose function is totally unknown but that is probably related to the thermal regulation of their bodies. "(quote from one of my articles in Chapala Riviera Guide, cerca 1993) (This post was edited by tonyburton on May 8, 2005, 6: 49 PM) sfmacaws
And in fact, there is now a red list of pollinators that we're worried have disappeared, and on top of that list are a lot of these kleptoparasites, but also these bumblebees.